Forest Service Chief Tidwell’s statement on the loss of Hotshot Firefighter

Chief Tom Tidwell
August 15th, 2016 at 8:30AM

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Justin Beebe, a firefighter with the Lolo Interagency Hotshot Crew based in Missoula, Montana.  Justin lost his life Saturday, August 13, while fighting the Strawberry Fire in Great Basin National Park in Nevada.

Our deepest condolences go out to Justin’s family, those he worked with, and his friends.

It takes great courage to be the person willing to fight wildland fires.  Yet despite the courage it takes to work in this profession, it does not lessen the sadness we feel when we lose one of our own.

As details become available we will pass them on, but for now I ask that you keep Justin’s family and those close to him in your thoughts.

Chief Tidwell